For information on how to access your personal health records please use the following links:
NHS England - How to access your health records?
Berkshire Healthcare Trust - Sharing Information About You
Royal Berkshire Hospital - Your Healthcare Information
What is meant by health record?
Wherever you visit an NHS service in England a record is created for you. This means medical information about you can be held in various places, including your GP practice, any hospital where you’ve had treatment, your dentist practice, and so on.
To help improve the sharing of important information about you, the NHS in England is using an electronic record called the Summary Care Record (SCR).
Summary Care Records
If you are registered with a GP practice in England, you will have a Summary Care Record (SCR) unless you have chosen not to have one. Your SCR contains the following basic information:
- the medicines you are taking
- your allergies
- bad reactions you may have to certain medicines
It also includes your name, address, date of birth and unique NHS Number which helps to identify you correctly.
Can I opt out of having a Summary Care Record?
You can choose to opt out of having an SCR at any time. If you do opt out, you need to let your GP practice know by filling in an opt-out form (PDF, 245.9kb). If you are unsure whether you have already opted out, you should talk to the staff at your GP practice.